In the words of Henry Teuscher, the designer of the Jardin botanique de Montréal, the Reception Gardens “are an admirable showcase for attracting visitors. It would be advantageous to present [...] assemblages of pleasing colours of some of the most beautiful and recommendable species.” That is still the role of these gardens today!
As soon as they arrive, visitors are treated to a colourful show. Vast symmetrical beds of annuals, embellished with fountains and waterfalls, accompany them from the main entrance at the corner of Sherbrooke Street and Pie-IX Boulevard to the Jardin botanique’s main building.
In the spring, beds of tulips and other bulbous plants take centre stage, followed by the plantings of annuals, whose rich displays add life and colour to the Reception Gardens all summer long.
In the background, impressive conifers dating from the late 1930s dominate the grounds. They stand guard, protecting some of the trees and shrubs that aren’t very hardy in Montréal—like magnolia, tulip tree, plane tree and metasequoia—from the wind.